Become a Hot Air Balloon Pilot

ANYONE WITH A DESIRE TO FLY CAN FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PPL (B)

LICENCE REQUIREMENTS

A hot air balloon is a registered aircraft, the same as any fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. As such the person in command must hold a valid Private Pilot’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority specifically for ballooning; this is known as the PPL(B). Although anyone with average ability can fulfil the requirements for the PPL(B) outlined below, it is not an activity to be taken lightly. As a pilot you must be sufficiently competent at operating the balloon and have such knowledge to be able to cope with any problems or circumstances that may arise. In addition you will be responsible for the lives of the people you might carry in the basket.

PPL REQUIREMENTS

Commercial Balloon Licences.
There are two types of Commercial Balloon Licences: CPL(B) Restricted and CPL(B) (Full).

The CPL(B) Restricted is required if you are undertaking work for a sponsor or being paid by an external agent to operate a balloon. You can fly a sponsored balloon with everything paid for with a PPL, but as soon as the sponsor asks you to operate a balloon at any event then you need a CPL(B) Restricted.

CPL(B) Restricted Licence requirements

Additional CPL(B) Licence requirements

Steps to becoming a balloon pilot

Learn To Fly

We carry out our pilot training in the UK and in Mondovi, Italy, where they have up to 300 flying days per annum.

To set up your programme to learn to fly and for a quotation please contact us at fly@atmosphereballoons.co.uk

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